Monthly Archives: July 2010

Road Trip Day 8

This was my last full day in Jasper and I had planned on going up Mount Edith Cavell to check out the glacier and ice cave but to my disappointment the road was closed. Instead I made my way to Athabasca Falls and then to Sunwapta Falls.

Athabasca Falls
Below the falls

Sunwapta Falls is difficult to get any decent photos of because it seems that every angle something seems wrong so never really got any photos I was really happy with, the following photo is of the canyon just after the falls.

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Road Trip Day 7

After a busy day the day before we decided to go check out the Miette Hot Springs. The hot springs are up a winding mountain road which was very beautiful and seemed to have a large population of big horn sheep.

After enjoying a relaxing time in the hot springs I decided to explore some of the trails near the town of Jasper. The trail I was on made it’s way up a steep hill with a great view of the town and surrounding mountains.

Stormy skies of the town of Jasper
Looking out from a cliff top, the town of Jasper is to the left.
One of the rivers that winds through the park near the Town of Jasper
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Road Trip Day 6

Today was my first real day in Jasper and I decided to make my way up Maligne Valley stopping off at a few places along the way. The first stop was the stunning Medicine lake, one of the larger lakes that is drained by a series of underground rivers.

After Exploring the area around the lake for awhile it was time to move on the the famous Maligne Lake, by the time the weather had clouded over a bit but it was still a beautiful lake even though it was busy.

On the way back I saw some Hoary Marmots and stopped to get some pictures, these where quite tame and didn’t seem to even notice me.

The last stop before getting back to camp was the Maligne canyon which I had visited before.

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Road Trip day 5

I was woken up early by the lovely sound of heavy rain on my tent, in a brief pause in the rain I packed up camp and started on my way towards Jasper. On my way out of Wells Gray I did stop at a few places. One of those was a viewpoint overlooking the valley that the road follows.

A look at one of the valleys steep walls

My next stop was at another well know waterfall, Spahats Falls which has carved into the volcanic rock before it tumbles off a cliff into a raging creek.

The rest of the day was a pretty uneventful drive up to Jasper and then setting up camp.

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Road Trip Day 4

The day started out as a dull overcast day with the odd promise of sun that never really seemed to come true. I spent much of the day hiking with little success in the photo department but after sitting out the days rain storm I made my way of to Baileys Chute which is named after one of the engineers that was responsible for putting the road in, he unfortunately died down stream in a boating accident.Near the chute there are a number of small waterfalls (rapids?) which where very formidable looking.

Baileys Chute
One of the waterfalls upstream from Baileys Chute
The trail running along the Clearwater river to view the waterfalls
A sand and gravel beach below one of the falls

This was my last full day in Wells Gray park, tomorrow I pack up and head to Jasper National Park in Alberta.

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